TTT: Best Books I Read in 2017 So Far

toptentuesdayCreated by The Broke and the Bookish

The topic for this week is: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far. I like playing by the rules, I really do, even though I am great at finding loopholes and this time is no different. I would feel odd doing a normal top ten this week, given that I have read 20 books and some are from the same series. In the title of the prompt it doesn’t say “ten” (I know, I know, its top TEN tuesday) so I thought I would do top 3.

Before writing this list, I knew it would be very difficult because even though I have enjoyed the majority of books I have read until now, they’re not “favourite” material, you know what I mean? I am always hesitant about doing favourites lists, “favourite” is a big word and when I’m looking for those from the options that I have, I cannot find any (I feel as everyone has great picks and then there’s me, grasping at straws). One book clearly belongs in that category but the others have a reason behind my chosing, apart from me really liking it, which I will explain.

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  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Of course it had to be here. If you have read my review, you know how much I loved it. It’s sweet and a perfect ending to Lara Jean’s story. I was both excited and hesitant to read it because I did not want it to end, but I enjoyed every part of it and I am so happy I decided to read it.

  • Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

28186I read this book twice before and I remembered I was a bit disappointed with it and found the story to be slower than the one in the first book. However, this time I had a great time and did not think it was hard to get into at all. I love the characters and the world that Rick Riordan has created. I really like mythology, and it is fantastic to see a book that incorporates it so well into the modern world, apart from making you want to discover more about it. It’s both fun and educative, so yay!

  • The Amateurs by Sara Shepard

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In this case, I was not sure about the genre of this book, and that played an important part on why I included it on this list. Even though I love TV shows and movies with some mystery or thriller in it, I do not particulally like those that are only focused on that. And, apart from some Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, I have not read any mystery books. But given how I like the The Lying Game and Pretty Little Liars tv shows (they incorporate other elements, maybe that is why I like them) I decided to try reading a book by that author, given that it would have the same elements but mixed together with tohers and I was surprised to see that the result was good. As mentioned, Sara Shepard books have a focus on mystery and crime solving, but they’re more than that, so I was not bored or disliked that aspect of the book.

Since I had originally planned a top 5, here are my next two options, though I will not comment as much on them.

  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Childhood classic I never knew growing up. I picked the first one up in January and was surprised with what I found. Not the best book but very entertaining and fun.

  • Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

I thought this was the last book in The Royals series, and just before I read it I discovered there were two more books in the series! However, those two are focused on another character, so I still consider it an ending, and endings are always special.


What are the best books you have read so far this years? Have you read any of mine?

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11 thoughts on “TTT: Best Books I Read in 2017 So Far

  1. Lois says:

    You can’t go wrong with a Percy Jackson book. I must admit Sea of Monsters isn’t my favourite but it’s still fun and enjoyable. It’s a perfect book to help you get out a slump.

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    • Anna - Reader and Proud says:

      I remember books 2 and 3 being the slowest ones for me, so I was not sure how much I would enjoy it this time, but it surprised me a lot 🙂
      And I agree they’re great to make you get back into reading. Cannot wait to continue with the series.
      Thanks for stopping by, Lois.

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  2. Diana Prince Reviews says:

    I haven’t seen Always and Forever, Lara Jean on very many lists for this week, but I loved it so much and it was such a delightful, unexpected treat of a read. If you live in the US, the Target edition has a playlist and 3 recipes in the back (they are all fantastic) so I highly recommend picking up that copy if you can! ❤

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    • Anna - Reader and Proud says:

      It kinda surprised me too it wasn’t in many lists. I guess contemporaries do not get that recognition maybe? But it was amazing; I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time because it made me so happy.
      And no, sadly I don’t live in the US, my edition is the normal one, but I am so jealous! I hope it includes the recipe for her chocolate cookies hahahhaa

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